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A must for Tom Sharpe fans
on 16 June 2012
Curtis returns to France for his second novel, but that's where the similarity ends. He has left the thriller genre behind and switched to high comedy, as Hugo, the hapless owner of a French holiday complex, finds himself unwittingly playing host to three very different groups of guests at the same time - a Christian study group, a party of swingers, and a gay couple - who must be kept apart at all costs.
In true farce style, the situation builds in complexity as we meet an entertaining cast of characters: the predatory and lecherous swingers, the dim but fit vicar, the lithe yoga instructor, the jealous private detectives trying to frame Hugo, the priapic swinging Senator and the vengeful French detective who can never forget that his wife's English lover made better mayonnaise than he ever could.
It's high comedy in the tradition of the master Tom Sharpe, full of characters every bit as entertaining as those in Wilt or Porterhouse Blue. Detailed plotting and a relentless thundering towards an explosive climax make this a highly enjoyable romp.